Unions reject Eskoms 5% offer, negotiations resume on Thursday

Electricity pylons are seen in front of the cooling towers at the Lethabo Thermal Power Station,an Eskom coal-burning power station near Sasolburg in the northern Free State province, March 2, 2016. South Africa's energy regulator said on Tuesday it had allowed state-owned power firm Eskom to raise tariffs by 9.4 percent in the 2016/17, less than what had been requested by the cash-strapped utility . REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko - RTS8VZV

Johannesburg- Trade unions rejected Eskom’s latest wage offer after negotiations resumed on Wednesday.

Eskom has increased their offer to a 5% raise for 2018‚ that is 0.3% increase of their previous offer. They also included that wage increase will fact in inflation plus a 0.6% increase for next year and inflation also 0.7% increase for 2020.

National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola issued a statement on behalf of the unions, he said, “This is not an offer we can take back to our members for consideration. Once again we have called on Eskom to take this process seriously.”

Unions involved Numsa‚ the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) and Solidarity are demanding a 9% wage increase for this year‚ 8.6% 2019 and 8.5% in 2020.

The unions met with Eskom with the help of a central bargaining forum and negotiations will continue on Thursday morning.

Photo credit- Eskom

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